|The one in the middle is the Travel Journal Bookmark The two either side are|
my first attempts at metal tassel making
Im in the process of making another journal and the theme for it is a travel journal but vintage and girlie too. I wanted to make a nice bookmark for it, but instead of adding the normal ribbon bookmark, I wanted something different. Something that could be used as a page marker, a book embellishment or tassel but also something that could be removed and hooked onto a luggage bag or suitcase as an extra identity tag for your travel bag or hook it onto a room key or safety deposit box as a keyring, or hook it onto a belt, mobile phone, necklace or handbag just as a pretty little bit of blingy embellishment to add to your every day items. I didnt want it to be just a bookmark alone, I wanted it to be a multi-tasking bit of jingle jangly loveliness!!
So as you can see from the photos I have tried to put as many travel/holiday related charms as possible onto it. Theres a pair of sunglasses, a wee sun, starfish, Eiffel Tower, currency, bicycle a boat and loads of other little jingly jangle bits.
So once I had made that, there was no stopping me. So I decided to make a couple of less jingly jangly tassels and the 2 below are my first attempt.
I just dismantled chain that I had, made them all around 7cm long. Took a piece of 28 gauge wire and threaded one end of all the cut chains and twisted it at the top to secure. I then threaded the wire through a bead cap and made an eye/loop with the wire at the top of the bead cap and cut off the excess wire. Took a thicker piece of wire which happened to be a head pin (thats all I had) and making another loop/eye, I attached the bead cap to it. I them just threaded on whatever beads and spacers I wanted, formed a loop/eye at the top again and added another length of chain and a lobster claw clasp.
If you would like a tutorial on how to make the tassels, please leave a comment and let me know and I will certainly do one for you.
|I tried to use as many travel/holiday related charms as possible along with bling|
|Sunglasses, boat, starfish, Eiffel Tower, bicycle, currency charms|
|The charm can be removed by the clasp which will simply|
hook back onto the spine which will have a hole and an eyelet inserted
near the top of the spine of the journal
|Full length of the charm|
|The charms as they hang|
|This tassel was made with a pink heart bead and a pink pearl|
|I added little metal spacers and metal wings|
|This was made using an acrylic clear bead and cream pearl|
|I also added metal spacers and wings|
|This tassel can also be attached to things|
|This tassel also has a claw to attach to items|
|Both completed tassels|
My thoughts on what I made and other things I like to make
I have had so much fun making these and they took no time at all to make. They are by no means flawless pieces, but to me, that's the point of hand-crafted items. They were never intended to be in pristine store bought condition. And I will never set out to achieve store bought perfection with anything I make because I feel that that is setting myself an unachievable goal. Im not a machine in a factory churning out item after perfect item. All my creations will be hand-crafted with all the love, care and attention I can afford the project but that means it also gets all my quirks, mishaps and imperfections and as far as Im concerned....theres nothing wrong with that!! My way of doing things means I don't stress out if something goes wrong. If it goes right, well and good....its a hand crafted masterpiece!! If not, well we'll just put it down to being another Lee-ism. Ahhhhh, the joys of crafting!!
Thanks for having a wee look and any comments are always welcomed and appreciated. Again if you would like a tutorial on how to make the tassels please comment below. Thank you and bye for now. Loops xx